Effectiveness Monitoring Committee

ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS MONITORING COMMITTEE (EMC)

The EMC was formed in 2014 by the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Board). The Board sought to create an independent committee to assess the efficacy of the Forest Practice Rules and other related laws and regulations. As an advisory body to the Board, the EMC helps implement an effectiveness monitoring program that provides an active feedback loop to policymakers, managers, agencies, and the public by soliciting robust scientific research that addresses the effectiveness of these laws at meeting resource objectives and ecological performance measures related to AB 1492.

 

The EMC includes representatives from academia, industry, state agencies, consulting firms, and non-profit agencies. This diverse membership reflects representatives from a wide range of California’s natural resources, including water quality, geology, wildlife, and forestry. EMC meetings occur quarterly and are open to the public. Meetings are held in Redding, Ukiah, and Sacramento and are available through the webinar.

 

MISSION, GOALS, AND GUIDING DOCUMENTS

PROJECT APPLICANTS

 

EMC MEETING MATERIAL ARCHIVES

 

STAFF MEMBERS

Kristina Wolf, Environmental Scientist

kristina.wolf@bof.ca.gov 

 

The EMC includes representatives from academia, industry, state agencies, consulting firms, and non-profit agencies. The current EMC memberships may be viewed in the following downloadable PDF: Members and Term Expiration

2022 Meeting Materials

EMC-SUPPORTED MONITORING PROJECTS

Agreement Number

Project ID, Amount Funded over < 3 years

Primary Investigator(s) & (Affiliation[s])

Project Liaison(s)

Project Title

Project Files

9CA04802

EMC-2019-005

$56,200

  • Cheryl Hayhurst, California Geological Society
  • Bill Short

Sediment Monitoring and Fish Habitat – San Vicente Accelerated Wood Recruitment

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Concept Proposal

Results expected late 2022

9CA04824

EMC-2019-003

$156,665

  • Terri Hogue, Colorado School of Mines
  • Alicia Kinoshita, San Diego State University
  • Drew Coe
  • Pete Cafferata

Fuel Treatments and Hydrologic Implications in the Sierra Nevada

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Concept Proposal
  3. Conference Presentation – Dec 2021

Results expected 2022

9CA04801

EMC-2019-002

$68,168

  • Brad Graevs, Feather River Resource Conservation District
  • Jason Moghaddas, Spatial Informatics Group
  • Stacy Drury

Evaluating Treatment Longevity and Maintenance Needs for Fuel Reduction Projects Implemented in the Wildland Urban Interface of Plumas County

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Concept Proposal
  3. Final Report Dec 2021

Final presentation and Completed Research Assessment expected 2022

9CA04453

EMC-2018-006

$694,371

  • Kevin Bladon, Oregon State University
  • Catalina Segura, Oregon State University
  • Matt House, Green Diamond Resource Company
  • Drew Coe, CAL FIRE
  • Matt House
  • Drew Coe

Effectiveness of Class II Watercourse and Lake Protection Zone (WLPZ) Forest Practice Rules (FPRs) and Aquatic Habitat Conservation Plan (AHCP) Riparian Prescriptions at Maintaining or Restoring Canopy Closure, Stream Water Temperature, and Primary Productivity

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Concept Proposal
  3. EMC Presentation Progress Report – Jul 2021
  4. EMC Progress Report Video – Jul 2021

Results expected 2023

9CA04452

EMC-2018-003

$101,802

  • Christopher Surfleet, California Polytechnic State University
  • Matt O’Connor

Alternative Meadow Restoration

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Concept Proposal

Results expected end 2022

9CA04087

 

EMC-2017-008

$108,986

  • Richard Cobb, California Polytechnic State University

 

  • Ben Waitman
  • Jessica Leonard

Do Forest Practice Rules Minimize Fir Mortality from Root Disease and Bark Beetle Interactions

  1. Concept Proposal
  2. Poloni et al. 2021

Project Complete; presentation expected early 2022, and two publications pending

 

9CA04019

EMC-2017-007

$71,278

  • John Battles, University of California, Berkley
  • Loretta Moreno

The Life Cycle of Dead Trees and Implications for Management

  1. Concept Proposal

Results expected spring 2022

9CA04020

EMC-2017-006

$114,844

  • Rob York, University of California, Berkley
  • Sarah Bisbing

Tradeoffs among Riparian Buffer Zones, Fire Hazard, and Species Composition in the Sierra Nevada

  1. Concept Proposal

Results expected mid-2022

n/a

EMC-2017-002

$1,200

  • Stacy Stanish, CAL FIRE
  • None

Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest Post-Fire Automated Bird Recorders Study

  1. Concept Proposal
  2. Sampling Methods Presentation - 2017

Project Complete

8CA03685

EMC-2017-001

$192,251

  • Helen Dahlke, University of California, Davis
  • Randy Dahlgren, University of California, Davis
  • Pete Cafferata

Effects of Forest Stand Density Reduction on Nutrient Cycling and Nutrient Transport at the Caspar Creek Experimental Watershed

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Concept Proposal
  3. Detailed Study Plan
  4. Sampling Methods
  5. Progress Report – Feb 2018
  6. Progress Report – June 2018

Results expected 2022

8CA03680

EMC-2016-003

$700,000

  • Bill Short, California Geological Survey
  • Matt O'Connor, O’Connor Environmental Inc.

 

 

  • Matt O’Connor

 

 

Road Rules Effectiveness at Reducing Mass Wasting (Repeat LiDAR Surveys to Detect Landslides)

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Concept Proposal

Results expected mid-2023

n/a*

EMC-2016-002

*no associated funding

  • Joe Wagenbrenner, Michigan Technological University
  • Kevin Bladon, Oregon State University
  • Drew Coe, CAL FIRE
  • Don Lindsay, California Geological Survey
  • None

Post-fire Effectiveness of the Forest Practice Rules in Protecting Water Quality on Boggs Mountain Demonstration State Forest

  1. Concept Proposal
  2. Olsen Thesis – 2016
  3. Cole Thesis – Mar 2020
  4. Prats et al. 2019
  5. Cole et al. 2020
  6. Waggenbrenner AGU Poster Abstract - Dec 2020
  7. TBA
  8. Waggenbrenner Fire Science Seminar Presentation – April 2021

Project Complete and Closed

n/a*

EMC-2015-004

‡see funding associated with EMC-2015-002

 

  • Drew Coe, CAL FIRE
  • Bill Condon, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • None

Effectiveness of Road Rules in Reducing Hydrologic Connectivity and Significant Sediment Discharge

See EMC-2015-002

Project Complete and Closed

8CA03685

EMC-2015-002

$55,835

  • E. Ashley Steel, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • Pat Cunningham, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • None

Forest Practice Rules Implementation and Effectiveness Monitoring (FORPRIEM) ver. 2.0.

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Concept Proposal
  3. Project Update – Jan 2016
  4. Final Report – June 2018

Project Complete and Closed

8CA03650

EMC-2015-001

$221,271

  • Kevin Bladon, Oregon State University
  • Catalina Segura, Oregon State University
  • Matt House
  • Drew Coe

Class II Large Watercourse Study: Multiscale Investigation of Perennial Flow and Thermal Influence of Headwater Streams into Fish Bearing Systems

  1. Initial Concept Proposal
  2. Full Concept Proposal
  3. Wissler et al. 2021
  4. Bladon CA Fire Science Seminar Presentation – Apr 2021
  5. EMC Final Presentation – Apr 2021
  6. EMC Final Presentation Attachments – Apr 2021
  7. Forest Practice Committee Presentation – Sep 2021
  8. Completed Research Assessment – Sep 2021
  9. Updated Presentation to the Forest Practice Committee – Dec 2021

Project Complete; additional publications expected spring 2022

* No associated EMC funding

project liaisons were introduced in 2020, and some projects were completed prior to assignment of liaisons.

‡ funding linked through associated EMC funded project                                                                                              Updated January 4, 2022